Verizon bolsters MEC offering with private edge to enterprise customers with AWS

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Verizon Business, the telecom provider’s enterprise unit, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are continuing their collaboration around 5G enablement. The two companies are offering private mobile edge computing (MEC) to enterprise customers in the US.

The solution ‘will fully integrate Verizon’s Private 5G networks and Private Edge platform with AWS Outposts’, the companies noted. AWS Outposts, as regular readers of CloudTech will recognise, is the cloud infrastructure leader’s offering to deliver a true ‘hybrid’ experience; infrastructure, services and tools to virtually any space, cloud or on-premises.

Private mobile edge computing, Verizon noted, can be used to ‘quickly deploy real-time enterprise applications like intelligent logistics, predictive maintenance, robotics, factory automation and more to lower costs and improve safety, precision and efficiency.’

“Developers are already creating new latency-dependent solutions that run on the Verizon/AWS public MEC service launched last year,” said Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business in a statement. “Our private MEC offering will unlock that same potential for enterprise customers who need to maintain a secure, closed environment in factories, warehouses and other facilities.”

This makes for interesting reading. For the edge opportunity, where telecom and cloud providers are concerned, developers are the golden ticket.

At the end of 2019, when AWS and Verizon’s partnership was first announced with AWS Wavelength, pundits saw developers at the heart of making 5G deliver on its promises. Use cases which came about as a result of this included video distribution, augmented and virtual reality, and connected vehicles. In November, the latter was realised with a partnership involving LG, Renovo, and Savari. For the enterprise side, this will look to shift to the factory floor – similar to enterprise IoT initiatives, though with better latency and accessibility – with use cases such as autonomous mobile robots and hazard alerting.

Verizon was able to name one customer using this combined effort; Corning Incorporated, a provider of materials science and advanced manufacturing. The company is looking to put together autonomous navigation and advanced environmental sensing ‘as a service’, working with Gestalt Robotics.

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